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Hello. My problem is that I've been overseas a little too lo

Hello. My problem is that I've been overseas a little too long.

I was in the US military, then I separated, then I worked on the base. That all took place in a couple of countries outside of the US, during the 2000s and 2010s. I've spent almost all of my adulthood either on a military base or in a foreign country.

When I was first assigned overseas, I had a comfortable idea of how Americans acted, and why they acted that way. But in my last few years overseas, I lived outside of the base, and did a lot of foreign immersion when I wasn't working. I've acclimated both to living on an overseas military community (where everything like banking and tax assistance etc is smaller and accessible), and a foreign environment with its own unique rules. But I've returned to the US, and I feel like society has changed a lot. As a result, I'm having culture shock in my home town. Has anyone had difficulty repatriating? What should I do to acclimate to America again?

Keep in mind that most Americans aren't exactly friendly people, which is an obstacle in seeking assistance with this problem. I've been telling my relatives about what I'm dealing with, but they don't know what I'm talking about.

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lalalalala555's picture
Oct 11

Western Europe is not perfect but American society is riddled with crime, drug problems, divisiveness, a huge narcissism problem and other maladies such as rampant poverty, and well, a lower intelligence level than Western Europe demonstrated on standardized tests. Being from a cultured city my grandparents were all Europeans. I was lucky enough to be able to live in Western Europe in college and that is my home now. I grew up with Europeans next door, and upstairs in New York(the City). My dad was a bank exec and we lived abroad when I was a child and teen. I always lived in an international milieu and found after seeing the gorgeous architecture, meeting intelligent people and witnessing the breathtaking natural beauty of Europe, and the lifestyle(and don't forget the fresh delicious healthy food) that it is a much more cultured and healthier place to live and is much more fitting to everything I am. I believe expats like you can see what happened to society because they have been away but even in college I was aware the society was deteriorating but everyone else seemed to be like a frog in a pot not noticing the little "off" things. I would say to live in the country you feel most happy and comfortable. You can be patriotic and live abroad. Many privileged people have been able to move oversees and are happier as dual citizens, Tina Turner for one moved to Switzerland. You can always visit as I do Nothing(almost) beats New York at Christmas(except maybe many places in Western Europe ):) I hope you find peace and happiness wherever you decide to live.

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jim111's picture
Nov 16

You'll find crime, drugs and Ill will in most Countries.
Unfriendly people are all over. Much depends on how big of a city your in. And of course how friendly you are yourself.

emmystrouble's picture
Nov 17

@lalalalala555 thank you for insulting our country so elegantly.


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